Our Schools, Our Selves

Our Schools, Our Selves is a magazine focusing on Education

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 4, Summer

9/11: A New Light
The events of September 11th, 2001 were tragic in unimaginable proportions. The horrific news with which we are all too familiar traumatized families not only throughout the United States, but also internationally. And immediately following those events,...
Building Inclusive Classrooms and Communities: How Teachers and Parents Can Work Together to Support Families Created through Transracial Adoption and Other Non-Traditional Families
AbstractAs the field of cross-cultural education continues to grow, it is important to be aware of whose needs schools are addressing. One of the shifting demographics of our population is the increase in the number of international adoptions. This article...
Challenging Views toward Inclusive Education of Disabled Students
"The road to Hell is paved with good intentions."St. Bernard"The highest result of education is tolerance."Helen KellerPrologue: In ?8?8, the Provincial Asylum for the Insane was founded in New Westminster, BC. It initially housed 36 people. Just 32...
Coming out in Elementary School
I woke up with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I really didn't want to have to do this day. I would rather NOT come out to my seven music classes - over 200 kids. But, I knew that it was the right thing to do. Not just for my students. Not just...
Creative and Contagious: A Critical Review of the Raging Grannies
As we grow older we should become not less radical, but more so.Margaret LaurenceNever retreat, never explain, never apologize; get the thing done and let them howl.Nellie McClungMy first sighting of the Raging Grannies occurred at a midwifery rally...
Efficiency, Democratic Inclusion and Education: From Scientific Management to the Matrix
This article is based on notes for an address to the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Policy Convention, February 2007. The convention was considering a number of education-related resolutions dealing mainly with school board governance and funding...
Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn
After several theme-focused issues of Our Schools/Our Selves, we felt it was time for one that contained a mix of articles looking at a variety of topics, in preparation for an authence looking forward to some summer reading. But as the content came...
Free Water: A Thing of the Past?
We all know that water is essential to 'life, especially to human beings whose have more water in their bodies then any other substance. It could be argued that water is so essential that access to it should be enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights...
Inspiring Creativity: The Collision of Diversity and Empowerment
Education is no longer simply about rote facts. We are freeing students from the clutches of Charles Dickens' Mr. Gradgrind.The world economy is driven by creativity. Richard Florida's creative class is the new frontier. But for students to grow as creative...
Is Financial Literacy Education the Solution to Credit Crises?
"Some of the country's economic woes might have been prevented if students were taught financial literacy, supporters of a bill that would do just that told a Senate committee" (Koranda 2009)"...our education system is not providing the essential skills...
"Not Mining Is Not an Option!": Corporate Lessons from the Mining Matters Curriculum
I recently sat in on a workshop for pre-service teachers at a Faculty of Education in Ontario, facilitated by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Mining Matters program. PDAC is a lobbying group for the Canadian mining industry....
Out of Order: The Misuse of Legal Drama in Canadian Secondary School Law Classrooms
There are always a number of things that keep adults on their toes with regard to the seemingly impossible task of trying to relate to their younger counterparts, not the least of which are the seemingly endless stream of new phenomena that completely...
"Partners" in Education?: Why School Parent Councils Should Not Be Fundraising and What They Should Be Doing Instead
As a school council member, you can help your council discover new and exciting ways to contribute to the education of students in your school. Education is a partnership involving parents, students, teachers, principals, school boards, government, and...
Professional (and Personal) Development: For Educators, Teaching and Learning Are Inseparable
I should begin by saying that I am not one of those people who can say they were born to teach. I like to think that, after a few years of exploration (both personally and internationally), I evolved into being a teacher. I had been living in South Korea...
Roundup on Testing! Testing! Testing!
Fail the tests, fire the teachers- Obama's education leaderPresident Obama's Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, brought high stakes to teachers while he ran Chicago schools. In targeted schools where students did poorly on standardized tests he introduced...
School Censorship and the Null Curriculum
IntroductionFor many years, [North] American schools have been pressured to restrict or deny students access to books or periodicals deemed objectionable by some individual or group on moral, political, religious, ethnic, racial, or philosophical grounds......
The Corporate Presence in Japanese Classrooms
Social blindness to private-sector involvement in educationThe corporate presence in Japanese schools has expanded steadily over the last several years, largely without a whisper of debate. The lack of debate reflects the extent to which people have...
The Student's Freedom to Learn Requires the Educator's Freedom to Teach
I always believed - and still do believe - that education is about learning to think critically, asking questions and using one's imagination: creating a classroom atmosphere where thinking, questioning and imagining is encouraged because this is what...
"Why Don't You Just Give Them a Worksheet?": Learning How (Not) to Teach
Admittedly, I entered my Bachelor of Education program somewhat of an idealist. I felt that I could engage in this profession, teaching, in a way that was both critical and empowering for all classroom participants, including myself. As well, I hoped...
Why Merit Pay for Teachers Just Doesn't Work
One of the reasons why my blog, The Little Education Report, spends a good deal of space on education developments south of the border is that ideas tend to move across the North-South border even faster than they move east and west in Canada. In recent...